“King Neptune: The Making of the Myth” documents the creation of a breathtaking 26-foot bronze statue of this mythical character, which now adorns the shoreline of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The effort begins with an “idea” which is then lifted and shouldered by a tenacious group of citizen/volunteers from the Neptune Festival, who carry out the vision from the initial fundraising to a climatic public unveiling under the stars the very next year. The journey takes the viewer halfway around the globe and back with amazing footage of an artist’s rustic foundry in China and a myriad of logistical challenges that must be overcome to bring the dream to reality. Against all odds, the devoted Richmond artist, Paul DiPasquale, and other participants find ways to overcome each obstacle blocking their path. Graphic animations are used to visualize the ancient Chinese lost wax process used to cast the bronze statue. Though this painstaking process itself is enough to carry a documentary, there is engaging subtext on ecology, leadership, cross-cultural communication and a host of other fascination topics. Woven throughout the program are the candid perspectives of those involved as we follow their impossibly short timeline to its triumphant conclusion.
Paul Michels of Coastal Training Technologies Corporation produced this documentary. It is the property of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, the organization that conceived the idea of erecting a statue of Neptune on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.